Barcelona, España, 1956

Esteban Martín gained a degree in geography and history from the University of Barcelona, and a master’s in writing for film and television from the Autonomous University. He also studied the arts of the book at the L’Escola Superior de Disseny i d’Arts Llotja in Barcelona. He is a member of the Catalan Anthropology Institute (Institut Català d’Antropologia) and founded the publishing house Littera Books in 2001. He contributes to various history journals and is a regular participant in cultural radio programmes. His novel La clave Gaudí, co-written with the journalist and writer Andreu Carranza, was very successful among readers and has been translated into more than 20 languages. With his second novel, El pintor de sombras, he has continued to cultivate a kind of fiction that combines historical figures and mystery writing. He has published poetry collections, novels, biographies, and fiction for children and young people.

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A historical novel about 15th-century Barcelona and the advent of the printing press

In the times when Europe marvelled at the printing press invented by Gutenberg, Catalonia was witnessing a previously unimaginable revolution: peasants were rebelling against the abuses of their feudal lords while the king undermined the Catalan institutions...

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A historical novel about 15th-century Barcelona and the advent of the printing press

In the times when Europe marvelled at the printing press invented by Gutenberg, Catalonia was witnessing a previously unimaginable revolution: peasants were rebelling against the abuses of their feudal lords while the king undermined the Catalan institutions.

Through the adventures of two young men in love with the same woman and fighting on opposite sides (a bastard in search of his origins and a fugitive who takes the invention of the printing press to Barcelona), the reader catches a glimpse of a cruel war that will have transcendental historical consequences.

Revolución is an excellent novel about the struggle of the less privileged to conquer the government of the city of Barcelona and, at the same time, a tribute to the power of books to transform the world.

 

 

El sábado 23 de abril de 1977 una joven lectora de diecisiete años se acerca por vez primera a un escritor para que le firme un ejemplar de su libro. Se trata del debut literario de ese escritor, lo cual supone que para ambos se trate de un momento muy especial. Enseguida se crea entre ellos un vínculo de mutua simpatía y afecto que les llevará a buscarse y reencontrarse todos los días del libro durante más de treinta años.

Estas citas anuales componen el relato de las vidas de sus protagonistas, que se sinceran en el poco tiempo que duran esos encuentros fugaces entre libros y escritores que han marcado toda una época.

El día del libro es, ante todo, un relato sobre el amor a la vida, a la lectura y a los libro.

Marina is a teenager in high school. She studies viola in the conservatory and lives in a comfortable and safe world. Her mother runs a library in the city centre and his father is an architect. They are a very unite and happy family. However, it all starts to fall apart in Marina’s life when the library closes its doors, her mother loses her job and his father studio loses little by little his clients. This is the story of a family with problems told through the eyes of an optimistic girl that is ready to change her and her family’s situation. This tale tells us about how people, in difficult times, of outrage and descent into hell, are able to unite, to be supportive, to maintain the hope and to fight against a time of corruption, job insecurity and dismantling.

Fue la mañana en que su perro le mostró los dientes con violencia. Después de aquello los acontecimientos tomaron un rumbo desconocido para Eduardo Aguilar y los suyos. Eduardo es un respetado profesor de universidad, discreto, educado y peculiar a los ojos de los demás. Piensa que vivir es sencillo aunque, a veces, es como si guardara un secreto. Si la felicidad, sin mediar palabras, de repente, diera paso a la hostilidad ¿cómo se enfrentaría un hombre a este nuevo destino?

Thriller trepidante ambientado en el Hollywood de finales de la década de 1930 y en la Barcelona que empezaba a sufrir las consecuencias de una guerra. En ese momento histórico el glamuroso y politizado mundo del cine americano se interesó por lo que sucedía en España y se relacionó con la II República, y quiso ayudar al gobierno legítimo frente a los fascistas que amenazaban su continuidad.

¿Qué puede ocurrir cuando el mayor genio del mal se topa con el más brillante genio del arte? En la Barcelona de finales del siglo XIX, entre sus callejuelas más sombrías y sus animados cafés, coincidirán dos genios muy distintos: Pablo Picasso y Jack el Destripador. El artista, acusado injustamente de los asesinatos de unas prostitutas, deberá resolver el misterio, y en el intento alumbrará el cubismo. Solo el amor y el horror pueden explicar el secreto de una de las pinturas más famosas de la historia: Las señoritas de Aviñón.

In the early twentieth century, when Barcelona was celebrated as the center of modernist art and design, the grand master of an ancient religious brotherhood prepares to die  – passing the care of a sacred relic to a prominent member of his order, the revered artist and architect Antonio Gaudi. The relic, an artifact dating back to the early Christian era, could prove disastrous if it were to fall into inappropriate hands and many secret societies, some driven by purest evil, inhabit the dark underworld that exists beneath the city's brilliant creative glow. Nearly a century later, Maria, the granddaughter of the great architect's apprentice, unwittingly finds herself entrusted with a desperate mission. Following clues, with the help of her mathematician boyfriend, that are embedded in a cryptic message left by her grandfather and the intricate symbolism of Gaudi's designs, Maria must race against time to unearth the fabled lost object and discover its true meaning... with violence, catastrophe, and death in terrifyingly close pursuit.

Books for children and young readers

Jacob decides that when he grows up he wants to be a magician, after watching Jossi Ornstein’s performance. Five years after that night, Jacob and his dad can barely survive in a Nazi concentration camp. There he reencounters Ornstein, now turned into one prisoner more. At first Ornstein seems to be unsociable and arrogant, aside from everyone else. Soon, though, starts to use his magic to defend other Jews, for example, he attempts to help an old man who is about to be murdered or tries to upset the Nazis, using his magical powers to make a football ball fly during a match between prisoners and guards.

Sanada encuentra la pista del padre Álvaro de Mendoza, el único que puede darle información sobre sus orígenes. En su misión evangelizadora, el jesuita había cruzado el océano el océano para llegar al Nuevo Mundo. Sanada sigue sus pasos, pero ni mucho menos contaba con enfrentarse a tantos obstáculos y peligros: desde los piratas que tratan de abordar su nave, a una auténtica conspiración para acabar con su vida que recurre al vudú y a la magia negra. Afortunadamente, también encontrará en los indios a unos inesperados aliados.

A great samurai finds a foreign baby among the remains of a massacre. He adopts him as a son, names him Sanada, and trains him in the path of perfection and the sword.

Thus begins this thrilling adventure saga starring a young samurai, of which Sanada. La corona de Alejandro is the fourth book. In search of his origins, Sanada ventures into Mongolian lands and loses his sister, Oyuki, in a sandstorm. Oyuki has fallen into the clutches of an evil chieftain who will only return her to Sanada alive if he can bring back Sikandar’s crown, an object endowed with magical powers and hidden in the mountains. To find it, Sanada must undertake a journey fraught with all manner of deadly perils.

An extraordinary adventure saga for young readers, set in 16th century

A great samurai found a foreign baby among the remains of a massacre committed by bandits. He adopted him as a son, named him Sanada, and trained him in the path to perfection and the way of the sword.

The first book in this fast-paced adventure saga ended when Sanada, after risking his life to safeguard the fate of the Emperor, leaves in search of his origins. Sanada now continues his travels accompanied by his brother, Oyuki, and the precocious Fuma, in search of the mission headed by Father Álvaro de Mendoza, who can reveal his parents' identity. What Sanada cannot imagine is that the enemies he defeated in the past are bent on revenge, and a journey full of dangers and trials awaits him: an underworld where he is tormented by the souls of the dead, murderous female warriors adept at camouflage, terrifying, three-headed hybrid animals, and a fearsome Black Warlock, to whose spell our hero succumbs. Only with his sister's help will Sanada manage to return to the path of the perfect samurai.

Tras la muerte de su padre adoptivo, el joven Sanada se ha convertido en un gran samurái, y se ha ganado el amor y el respeto de todos. Por eso, cuando Sanada desembarca en el continente y se dirige a Beijing siguiendo la Gran Muralla, pasar desapercibido no es tan fácil. Su objetivo era encontrar cuanto antes al padre Álvaro de Mendoza para conocer cuál era su verdadero origen, de dónde venía. Con lo que no contaba era con convertirse en el salvador de los hijos del Emperador de China ya en su primera jornada en esas nuevas tierras.

On his way home after the war, a brave samurai encounters a sole survivor among the ruins of a Jesuit Colony wiped out by bandits. It's a baby with western features, who he decides to adopt as his son and call Sanada. While still a child, Sanada is sent to a great master to be trained in the way of the samurai. His training forces him to face all kinds of tests and adventures, which require the young apprentice to control his impulsiveness and impatience. Sanada must become a true samurai in order to undertake the terrible mission that fate has in store for him: to save the lives of his adoptive father and the emperor, imprisoned by a bloodthirsty warrior who threatens the entire Empire.

Jorge travels from Spain to Scotland to improve his English. While there, he lives with a family on a farm in a village close to Loch Ness. Life seems to be passing peacefully but suddenly he finds himself enveloped in disturbing mysteries that threaten the safety of his friends and the girl he has fallen in love with, Annabella. And this is not only due to the monster that lives in the loch, but also through the behaviour of some of the villagers. What is the strange bracelet all the members of the family wear? What is the meaning of the esoteric rites carried out in the early hours by certain of his neighbours? What is it that moves around in the waters of the loch? And, most importantly, why is Annabella so evasive? A daring adventure, an age-old legend, a secret that cannot be spoken.

Berto es un gigante bravucón que se divierte asustando a los pobres campesinos, hasta que estos le hacen frente y lo echan, por lo que decide ir al otro lado de las montañas, en busca de gigantes como él. Lo que no sabe es que allí son más grandes todavía, y su situación dará un giro inesperado.

Ricardo vive con sus padres, que son dos famosos inventores. Como es un niño muy cariñoso, siempre les está haciendo preguntas. Así aprende muchas cosas y construye su propio invento.

Poetry

El poemario está dividido en dos partes, en la primera, con una cita introductoria de Rubén Darío, los versos tratan de la realidad de esa América constantemente sometida por golpes militares y por guerras absurdas. La segunda parte, introducida por una cita de Antonio Machado, trata más bien del ser humano en consonancia con su entorno, es decir, la vida, el amor, la opresión del poder, la muerte...

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Prizes

  •  2011 - Premio de Novela Diputación de Córdoba for El olvido